Rob Adams and Cynthia Smith attended the Boston Harbor for All Summit, hosted by Boston Harbor Now in collaboration with the BSA. This interactive event focused on addressing opportunities along the Boston Harbor, the challenges faced, and how policy makers and designers can work together to move projects from planning into action to promote great parks and public spaces, equitable and innovative development, a strong working port, and long-term climate resilience.
Participants toured a variety of waterfront locations, including Chelsea Creek, the Downtown/Greenway, the East Boston Waterfront, the Lower Mystic, Moakley Park, and the Seaport, before convening at the BSA for a panel discussion on creating a climate-resilient waterfront and harbor. Rob Adams co-led a walking tour of the Seaport with Climate Ready South Boston team member Carly Foster from Arcadis and Chris Busch, Senior Waterfront Planner at the Boston Planning & Development Authority (BPDA). The walking tour featured a diverse group of attendees who provided another touch point for concerns and aspirations as Rob and Carly continue to work on the Climate Ready South Boston Master Plan.
Other highlights from the event included pop-up talks by Beyond Walls, a group activating Lynn’s waterfront, updates from Arcadis on the planning and next steps for Climate Ready South Boston, and “Swimming the Charles” with the Charles River Conservancy.
At the end of the event, the group was treated to a panel, moderated by Renee Loth, editor of ArchitectureBoston, on creating and maintaining open spaces in the city as well as a closing discussion on managing change on the waterfront.